Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Down South in the Bayou Country
SSC3046
2006-07-18
Down South in the Bayou Country by Clarence Gatemouth Brown

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Breaux Bridge Rag - 2:58
Folks Back Home - 3:23
Bayou Sam - 2:28
Loup Garou - 3:21
Louisian' - 2:58
Sweet Texas Rose - 3:18
Sheriff's Barbecue - 3:04
Bad Week For Old Fiddlers - 3:03
Sunrise Cajun Style - 3:06
Louisiana Woman - 3:01
Rosalie - 2:27
Jamboree - 2:56
Waiting For Gate's Express - 1:49
Gate's Express - 3:51
Cassoulet - 3:19
Never Ending Song Of Love - 3:20

 

Musicians:
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown - vocals, violin & harmonica
Don Buzard - pedal steel guitar
Red Lane - acoustic & electric guitar Jim Ehinger - piano
Julius Farmer - bass
Jack Huffman - drums
Geraldine “Sister Gerry” Richard - backing vocals on Loup-Garou

on Cassoulet:
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown - violin accompanied by Canned Heat
Henry Vestine - lead guitar
James Shane - rhythm guitar
Ed Beyer - piano
Richard Hite - bass
Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra - drums

on Never Ending Song Of Love:
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown - vocals & violin
André Hervé - piano
Joe “Jammer”Wright - guitar
Michel Hervé - bass
Christian Devaux - drums

Gate learnt guitar and fiddle from his father, who played traditional cajun, country, and bluegrass tunes of the region, then quickly began to incorporate and expand on all genres available, while complementing his repertoire with the big band sounds of people like Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Stir in a bold tenacity, a mighty dose of confidence and unbridled energy…and the roux began to boil! Whether he was “blow¬ing” the roof off of Don Robey’s old Bronze Peacock Club in Houston, fronting a 23 piece band across the Southwest, “hobnobbin” at Carnegie Hall, or merly holding court for the lunch crowd at the Blue Bird Cafe, what came out was uniquely Gatemouth ...
Recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana in February/ March 1974. Recording and Mixing Engineer: Stephen Hodge.
(Except: Cassoulet recorded at Studio Davout, and Never Ending Song Of Love recorded at Michel Magne Studio, Château d’Hérouville, France). Produced by Philippe Rault for Bastille Productions, Inc.
Front cover Painting by Alain Frappier.

Reviews:

Virtually everything here resonates so powerfully and honestly that it sounds as if it's emanating direclty from Gatemouth's soul. That combined withe the virtuosity on display, makes this set - originally released in 1975 on Barclay- a prime candidate for " Reissue of the Year".

Dave Whiteis, Living Blues, November 2006
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